Long Beach
Police Department

Media Relations
400 W. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 570-5273
2/24/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
MURDER INVESTIGATION - 1500 BLOCK OF EAST ARTESIA BLVD
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Media Relations Detail
(562) 570-5273
lbpdmediarelations@longbeach.gov





On February 24, 2019, at approximately 12:37 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a shots call at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of East Artesia Boulevard.

Officers arrived and located the victim inside an apartment with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Officers performed lifesaving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived and determined the victim deceased at the scene. The victim is only being identified as a 33 -year old resident of Long Beach pending notification of next of kin.

Patrol officers located the suspect shortly after arriving on scene. 23-year old Zaire El of Long Beach, was taken into custody for murder, and an outstanding traffic warrant. El was booked into the Long Beach City Jail and is being held on $2,000,619 bail.

The preliminary investigation suggests the victim and suspect were cohabitants in the apartment. A firearm was recovered by detectives. A motive for the shooting is unknown and the investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with a information regarding the incident is urged to contact Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Mark Mattia and Donald Collier at (562) 570-7244.

Anonymous tips may be submitted through "LA Crime Stoppers" by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the "P3 Tips" app to your smart phone (available at the Apple app store or Google Play), or by visiting www.crimestoppers.org.